"Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise."
James 5:13 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Have you ever gotten to a point where you weren’t really sure where you could turn? Not sure what step was supposed to be next? How about a time when it seemed that everything in life was so chaotic that any choice you could make would certainly cause added stress or drama? Maybe I’m the only one. According to the world, there are a lot of options of where to turn. You could lose yourself in a bottle of drink or pills. How about numbing yourself with just getting lost in piles and piles of work? (That’s usually what I end up doing.) But according to God’s word, no matter where we find ourselves, those who are followers of Jesus should find themselves on their knees in prayer or lifting up holy hands in praise. Is this easy? Not at first. But as we make prayer and praise a habit, finding ourselves in the arms of our loving, heavenly Father not only becomes easier, but that is where we would rather be. If you are overwhelmed by the circumstances around you, let God know. (This email/post is hitting me in the heart as well, just so you know.) If life is going along smoothly, let the Father know. Praise Him when all is right and also when life seems all wrong. He will restore your hope and give you peace beyond what you could ever understand.
Prayer for today: Father, thank You for always holding Your mighty arms open and ready to embrace us. We know You are ALWAYS there for Your children. I pray that we would make it a habit to turn to You when life seems to be too much. That we would praise You when we wake up and all the way until we lie down to sleep. Please show us the parts of our hearts that we need to surrender and turn over to You. Thank You for loving us. We love You, Daddy. Amen.
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God’s grace on you…